Building your college list strategically

Building a balanced college list has always been a key component to the college application process. Why? Because when you strategize your college list, you apply knowing you have college options that you’ll not only get admitted to, but also enjoy actually attending. You also can prioritize your time and apply to the right amountContinue reading “Building your college list strategically”

The one thing you can do to skyrocket your college apps

Let the college admission season begin! The University of California application is open to apply to any one or a number of the nine undergraduate UC campuses. The Common Application is ready to go, hosting over 900 applications for universities and colleges. Essay prompts are out and your creative juices are (or will be) flowingContinue reading “The one thing you can do to skyrocket your college apps”

College Preparation Goals for December: Broken down by grade level

I hope you had a restful holiday weekend! Or, maybe you had a weekend like one of my students who ordered pizza and chocolate cake for Thanksgiving while tying up his UC applications. Regardless if you were re-charging or just plain charging, tis the season to have more dates added to your calendar and lastContinue reading “College Preparation Goals for December: Broken down by grade level”

The one thing you can do to meet your deadlines and tackle to do lists

Oh to give thanks. Thankful for the last minute essay revisions that kept you up at 2:00 a.m. Thankful for social media making you feel like the only human being still working on your Common App. Thankful for your mother and her “gentle” and “subtle” reminders to complete your college applications. Thankful for a UCContinue reading “The one thing you can do to meet your deadlines and tackle to do lists”

College Apps. What to prioritize AND how to be successful

What college do I apply to? What major? What program? Do I apply to the college itself or the individual school that houses my major? Does it make a difference? Do I send my SAT/ACT scores as a whole or superscore them? Do I report all scores? Or use score choice? Do I need oneContinue reading “College Apps. What to prioritize AND how to be successful”

How to research and apply to colleges with ease

You have access to more information than ever before. You literally have a computer in your pocket. Your phone. And within seconds you can look up colleges, majors, SAT/ACT averages, read through blogs, gather tips, tour a college, call an admissions office, apply for scholarships, get tips on the application itself and, well, pretty muchContinue reading “How to research and apply to colleges with ease”

How Would an Admission Officer Review Your Application? Understanding Holistic Review and Making the Most out of Your Application

You’re more than a test score. You’re GPA tells more than a number. Okay sure, maybe you’ve heard that when college admission offices are making decisions, they’re looking at MORE than just academics, but do you believe it? While universities admission policies and review processes vary, it IS helpful to understand the basis of whatContinue reading “How Would an Admission Officer Review Your Application? Understanding Holistic Review and Making the Most out of Your Application”

What Colleges WANT to See. How to Create Impact and a Lasting Impression.

Your college application is a culmination of your personal and academic experiences that showcase your strengths, talents, challenges, interests and are hopefully a prediction of the work yet to be done in the four-year journey ahead. As a college counselor who has worked with students over the past five years, I have heard the “whatContinue reading “What Colleges WANT to See. How to Create Impact and a Lasting Impression.”

How to Tackle College Prep This Summer

You’ve aced your finals…or at least completed them…You’ve said your “have a good summers” and “we definitely need to hang out” and headed out the doors without looking back. But if you’re a rising Senior there may be a nagging voice that silently (or not so silently) keeps reminding you that college applications and theContinue reading “How to Tackle College Prep This Summer”

What to do FIRST before thinking of applying to colleges

“Where are you applying to college?” It’s safe to say that this question has been asked an insane and overwhelming number of times. As a rising Senior, the number of times you’ll hear this question and even the IMPACT of how you feel when you hear it, will undoubtedly continue to grow. You know what?¬†WeContinue reading “What to do FIRST before thinking of applying to colleges”